The Groundsman

March 2015

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"The ease of maintenance leaves me with more time to take care of the grass cutting and maintenance of the site's surrounding grounds and banks." Much has been written about the temperature of 3G surfaces when in play – in some cases it has been quoted as being up to 10 per cent higher than ambient air temperature – but Domo's new Naturafill cork (from oak trees) infill is claimed to be 'cool' and odourless and has no effect on playing surface temperature, in addition to offering a number of other benefits: • Excellent shock absorption in any weather • High CO 2 absorption • 100 per cent recyclable/renewable resource. The cork is simply washed and steamed and is ready for use, with no additives or treatments. It is, however, slightly more expensive than rubber crumb, but Domo argues that the benefits outweigh the extra cost. Kestrel last summer installed a new 3G pitch with Naturafill infill at The Swedish School in south west London, and head groundsman Cent Carlstedt praises the pitch and the infill, which he describes as "soft". He adds: "The new pitch is used for a range of sports – football, baseball, tennis and volleyball The RTC 26hp tractor incorporates a folding brush included – and now, after the wet and rain of our first winter, it remains in excellent condition with weekly brushing, and the drainage is fantastic. It is much easier to maintain than a natural surface." l www.kestrelcontractors.co.uk www.trocellen.com www.charterhouseturfmachinery.co.uk www.domosportsgrass.com TECHNICAL UPDATE 17 the Groundsman March 2015 Visit www.iog.org for more information and digital editions Research Leads Performance Sports mixtures that excel. _ Chosen by the top groundsmen _ New improved mixture for 2015 _ Exceptional winter recovery scores _ Fast uniform germination PREMIER RYESPORT germinalamenity.com For further information please contact your technical sales representative.

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